Food tourism is becoming an increasingly popular aspect of the tourism industry, as the pursuit of unique dining experiences has become a vital component of local, regional, and international travel. Finding the best restaurant or café seems to be at the top of everyone’s to-do list before travelling somewhere new.
Recognizing this growing demand, Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts is launching a one-year Food Tourism program. The post-graduate program is aimed at working professionals in the food, culinary, tourism, and events industries. The part-time class schedule is concentrated on weekends to allow for flexible delivery of the program.
In the program, students will learn about the exciting links between food, business, culture, and entrepreneurship. Whether it’s visiting local farms and wineries or working alongside industry tourism professionals, there will be plenty of experiential learning opportunities.
“Students will learn to create a food destination,” says Suzanne Caskie, Chair of Food and Tourism Studies at Centennial College. “That means understanding everything from wine pairings and sustainability to social media, tourism, and hospitality development.” The goal is to prepare graduates to start their own businesses or pursue opportunities in tourism agencies, attractions, and destinations.